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What's Your Summer Childcare Plan? 

Is there a Plan B? Do you need a Plan C?

Not long after the holiday decorations are put away and organized, moms set out to coordinate summer for their children. There are various approaches and expected outcomes. Part fun, part learning, part childcare—different families have different needs. So in 2021 as we turn the calendar to planning, how do we organize for a summer with so many unknowns?

Camps: Day camps, park and rec camps, sports camps and overnight camps are a foundation of many summer schedules.  How do you learn about the offerings? This year most camp fairs aren’t happening or have gone virtual making the work to find options solely on you. Based on your county’s virus numbers, the normal offering of camps may not available in your area or the enrollment numbers might be greatly reduced. What if you can’t enroll?  Check out this link to the  American Camp Association who is working to provide up to the minute communication for families about camps. 

Family: If you are lucky to have family near, enlisting them as part of your care plan is a solid choice. Complicating this summer’s plans may be the safety of older family members such as grandparents who in the past may have pitched in with care days or played chauffeur. Depending on your social distancing plans, grandparents may not be an option.

Work Flex: Most employers have been open to some shifting work schedules to help parents cover the childcare gap. The distance learning school schedule, accounting for a large part of the day, made this doable. Summer, without a schedule, could wreak havoc on your schedule.

Even if this is an option you can make work, do you want to?  Don’t you want to enjoy some of the summer with your family, not just temporarily until you resume your awaiting Zoom call schedule? 

Combining family and work flex is creative. Mom, dad, grandpa, grandma, auntie and cousin— each shifting a work schedule on alternating days of the week— can help cover childcare.  Perhaps each reduces their work week to 4 days during the summer and gets one day a week alone time with the children. If possible, this has benefits for all!

Community: A high school neighbor is an ever-popular option, but it does mean you’ll have a teenager in your home all day.  If you are working from home this summer, the skill set of a teenage babysitter will be right under your nose and might not check all of the boxes on your expectation list. Maybe not all bad as the energy will abound, but it might require a bit more oversight than you planned. And then there of course is the concern of a younger driver if taxi duty is on your list.  (More on how to manage younger sitters in a future blog!)

Finally, a professionally trained summer nanny can help all of the puzzle pieces fit together.  The benefits of having the children engaged, educated, entertained and outdoors are many.  If safety is a concern, having just one additional person added to your family network provides the least amount of risk of exposure.  If your children have engaged in a pod with neighbors or classmates during the school year, a summer nanny is the right way to extend that network into a backyard summer camp experience and share the costs. 

Working with your nanny or nanny agency before the summer begins to map out the children’s summer gives the planner a sense of accomplishment in knowing things are covered, professionally. Likewise, an agency partner will bring the procrastinator peace of mind since their depth of candidates, ability to fill in, or react to a fluid summer schedule will save the day.

College Nannies + Sitters has been helping families by providing amazing summer nannies and sitters for nearly 20 years. This year, more than ever, a reimagined summer is possible with help from College Nannies. Learn more at collegenannies.com.

Meet the Team

Need the right Nanny or Sitter... right now? We'll find your family's perfect fit.

Laura

Laura D.

Franchise Owner

As franchise owner of College Nannies and Tutors, together with our great team, we have been providing customized childcare and tutoring since November 2004. Our son and daughter have been recipients of our terrific nannies during their toddler and school aged years to meeting with our role model tutors to help their current high school studies.

At College Nannies and Tutors I enjoy working with our families to understand how we can serve their changing needs, as well as with our management team who recruit, match and train our role models who provide exceptional care and tutoring. I enjoy meeting new families through our partnerships, and I learn daily from our staff, nannies and tutors.

Alyssa

Alyssa T.

Role Model Manager

Alyssa is the Family Relations manager of College Nannies, Sitters & tutors of Edina, Wayzata and Excelsior. She was born and raised in Minnesota, and current resides in the Twin Cities. Alyssa has been working in in one capacity or another for the past 15 years. Working with children during high school prompted her to work towards her BAS of Early Childhood and Special Education which she received from University of Minnesota Duluth. She spent the summers working as a summer nanny for many families, which she is still connected with today! Upon graduating she moved into the retail space where she worked as a Manger for many years, honing her training, HR and management skills. After having a child of her own she moved into the Role Model Manager position with College Nannies, Sitters & Tutors, and was promoted to Family Relations Manager after a year and a half with the company. Alyssa brings her skills of Early Childhood development and education, combined with her ability to train and manage a large team to our office. When she is not connecting with families needing care, or checking in on our team of nannies and sitters, she enjoys reading, cooking and gardening (during those few shorts months of nice weather we have in MN!) On the weekends you can find her spending time with her husband and blended family of 2 boys, 2 dogs and 2 cats, outside working in the garden, or planning fun family game nights.

Cathy

Cathy H.

Role Model Manager

Cathy has been Respite Role Model Manager at College Nannies, Sitters & Tutors of Del Mar since 2017. She has grown up in San Diego for much of her life and graduated locally from UCSD with a Bachelor's in Sociology. Prior to joining the company, Cathy has been a babysitter, nanny, youth development leader, and tutor in a variety of settings. Her most recent experience was working with children and adults with special needs in a one-on-one capacity. Her favorite part about her job is the ability to continue supporting individuals with developmental disabilities by placing them with caregivers who empower them to reach their full potential. When Cathy is not engaging with our team of respite sitters and families, she enjoys baking, running her monthly book club, and spending time at the beach.

Kaela

Kaela K.

Recruiting Manager

Kaela is the Recruiting Manager of College Nannies, Sitters & Tutors of Edina, Wayzata, and Excelsior. Kaela grew up in Minnesota and recently graduated from Winona State University with a degree in Communication Studies and Adventure Tourism. She moved back to the Twin Cities after completing her degree. Kaela worked with children for her entire college career and wanted to help others do the same! She has 8+ years of customer service experience and appreciates building strong connections and relationships with others. Kaela enjoyed being involved in her sorority, which fostered her passion and experience for recruitment. She served 2 years on recruitment teams in her extracurricular commitments and is excited to continue recruiting. She brings her enthusiastic, motivated, and friendly personality to her teams and interactions. In her free time, she likes to be outside, cook, see live music, and travel.

Katie

Katie B.

Recruiting Manager

Katie is the Senior Manager of Recruitment at College Nannies + Sitters. She works to manage full life-cycle recruiting processes for Nannies and Sitters in franchise locations within Minnesota, Washington, and California. She is also responsible for the oversight of the Hiring and Recruiting Managers within those locations. Originally from Wisconsin, Katie has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Viterbo University (LaCrosse, WI). She has 9+ years of hiring/managing experience and originally started with CNST in 2018 as a Recruiter. She was promoted to the Senior Manager position in 2019. She brings her excitement, commitment, and team-building drive to a fast-paced, multi-state team. Katie is a connecter. She loves to find fun-filled positions for our Nannies and Sitters while ensuring our families that they are receiving top-quality care. She enjoys cooking, gardening, and artistic endeavors in her local community. If you are someone who would love to make a positive impact on a family, please reach out to Katie. She'd love to get you started in the process!

Lizzie

Lizzie R.

General Manager

Lizzie is our Role Model Manager at College Nannies, Sitters and Tutors of Seattle, Redmond, and Bellevue where she manages and trains our exceptional team of caregivers. Caring, organized and results-driven, she ensures that all members of the nanny team are the perfect fit for the families they work with. Passionate about early childhood education, Lizzie has dedicated her professional life to working with children, ensuring they have a nurtured start to a life filled with opportunities. For her undergraduate studies, she attended Washington State University where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences with a minor in Human Development. She then moved on to obtain her Master’s in Teaching from Seattle University and prior to joining the CNST team, she spent three years as a fourth-grade teacher in the Highline School District. Born and raised in Spokane, WA Lizzie is now a Seattle resident and enjoys going for walks with her dog Rory, cooking, gardening, and spending time outdoors exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

Meredith

Meredith N.

Family Placement Manager

Meredith is the Senior Manager of Nanny and Sitter Services at College Nannies + Sitters. She supports CNS managers across California, Washington, and Minnesota as they recruit, hire, and train for their nanny and sitter teams. Meredith loves finding opportunities to connect families with amazing caregivers! Originally from Virginia, Meredith attended the University of South Carolina where she obtained a degree in Anthropology. After graduating, she spent a year doing service through AmeriCorps. Following that transformative year, she then spent 6 years in the non-profit sector, recruiting college students to mentor and tutor elementary school students in the lowest income parts of Washington DC. She moved to Los Angeles in 2013 and spent 6 years working in marketing and sales in the test prep industry with both Kaplan Test Prep and The Princeton Review. In 2017 she brought all of those experiences with her to CNS where she now helps families with their childcare needs. Meredith was promoted to the Senior Manager position in 2020. She spends her free time knitting, doing yoga, finding a great Netflix series, or enjoying quality family time at home.

Natalie

Natalie S.

Learning Center Manager

Natalie is the Learning Center Manager for the tutor teams in Edina, Excelsior, Wayzata, and Mercer Island. Natalie grew up in Southwest Minneapolis, and moved to Beloit, WI to complete her B.S. in Public Health at Beloit College. She joined the College Nannies + Sitters + Tutors team after graduating in 2016 as a tutor and Learning Center Coordinator for the Excelsior tutor office. She brings two years of customer service, recruiting, and tutoring to her role.

Nicole

Nicole B.

Office Support Coordinator

Nicki is our Operations Coordinator at College Nannies, Sitters and Tutors, providing support to our whole team. Growing up in Clearwater, Florida she has traveled and lived all around the country before settling down in Minneapolis, MN. Nicki comes with 8+ years of experience managing and organizing large projects and events, having previously worked as a manager in theater she brings a unique perspective and creative approach to each aspect of the business. Focusing on many child oriented performances and projects, Nicki has always had a passion for children and inspiring them to think creatively while building their imagination and independence. Nicki graduated from The University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music with a BFA in Stage Management. When she's not working with our team to find our families excellent care, she enjoys hiking, riding her bike, growing her yoga practice, and nearly anything that can be done outside.

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Hours

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11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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